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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 [Blu-ray]

 

 

Lucía (1968)                        After the Curfew (1954)                        Pixote (1980)

Dos monjes (1934)                         Soleil Ô (1970)                      Downpour (1972)

 

 

Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the World Cinema Project has maintained a fierce commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of more than three dozen restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often-overlooked areas of cinema history. Presenting passionate stories of revolution, identity, agency, forgiveness, and exclusion, this collector’s set gathers six of those important works, from Brazil (Pixote), Cuba (Lucía), Indonesia (After the Curfew), Iran (Downpour), Mauritania (Soleil Ô), and Mexico (Dos monjes). Each title is a pathbreaking contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.

 

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Theatrical Release: October 1968

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Directed by Humberto Solás

Cuba 1968

 

A breathtaking vision of Cuban revolutionary history wrought with white-hot intensity by Humberto Solás, this operatic epic tells the story of a changing country through the eyes of three women, each named Lucía. In 1895, she is a tragic noblewoman who inadvertently betrays her country for love during the war of independence. In 1932, she is the daughter of a bourgeois family drawn into the workers’ uprising against the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado. And in the postrevolutionary 1960s, she is a newlywed farm girl fighting against patriarchal oppression. A formally dazzling landmark of postcolonial cinema, Lucía is both a senses-stunning visual experience and a fiercely feminist portrait of a society journeying toward liberation.

Review: Criterion (Spine #1044) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 26,574,938,112 bytes

Video Bitrate: 18.58 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (3:00)
• Humberto and "Lucia" (33:38)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 29th, 2020
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Chapters 29

 

 

Menus / Extras

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (August 2020): Part of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 is the wonderful Cuban film Lucia directed by Humberto Solás in 1968. "Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte y Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC). Restoration funded by Turner Classic Movies and The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project. Special thanks to Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv and the BFI National Archive."

We have already reviewed Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project Volume One Blu-ray and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project Volume Two Blu-ray.

"This restoration utilized the original 35mm camera and sound negatives and a third generation dupe positive preserved at the ICAIC. Due to advanced vinegar syndrome, portions of the camera negative were severely melted, warped and buckled, causing the image to lose focus. Despite undergoing several weeks of drying and softening treatments, some sections of the elements could not be used. These were replaced with a second generation duplicate preserved by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv. All the elements were wet-scanned at 4K resolution to reduce scratches and halos. Lucia was shot on two different stocks - Orwo and Ilford - that were graded according to the different style, tone, and narrative of each episode. Consultation with Raul Rodriguez and Carlos Bequet provided invaluable information for the color grading, which used as a reference a vintage print preserved at the BFI National Archive. The original soundtrack was in good condition, although inconsistent background noise required careful dynamic noise reduction. Special thanks to Francisco Cordero Matienzo, Luciano Castillo, Ivan Giroud and Sergio Benvenuto Solas."

Lucia shares a dual-layered disc with After the Curfew. Lucia has had extensive 4K restoration and I thought it looked quite good in 1080P with occasional striking detail. There is a sequence that is excessively bright - blown out - but this may be a filmmaker technique or to help differentiate an episode. It didn't knock me out of the film experience - which is beautifully rendered in black and white in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio.    

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Spanish language. There is some crowd noise and aggressive sequences (nuns being gang raped) plus a moody score by Leo Brouwer (Memories of Underdevelopment.) Criterion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The supplements for this film include another introduction by Martin Scorsese - founder of the World Cinema Project. It was produced by the Criterion Collection in 2020 - running 3 minutes. Plus there is a half-hour program, adapted by Carlos Barba Salva in 2020 from his 2014 documentary Humberto, featuring interviews with Lucia director Humberto Solas; actors Adela Legra, Eslinda Nunez, and Raquel Revuelta; cowriter-editor Nelson Roarigu , and filmmaker Enrique Pineda Barnet. It is entitled Humberto and "Lucia". I enjoyed this supplement.

Lucia is yet another brilliant film in the Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 set. This deal's with subtle political awakening and revolutionary consciousness analogous to the three romantic relations of the Lucías. It has hints of sexual repression / oppression and everything is a gentle corollary subtext - beautifully realized. I thought it was very impressive and would have loved a commentary. This is an excellent addition to Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3

Gary Tooze

 

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(aka "After the Curfew")

Directed by Usmar Ismail

Indonesian 1954

This work by the trailblazing auteur Usmar Ismail struck Indonesian cinema like a bolt of lightning, illuminating on-screen, for the first time and with unflinching realism, the struggles of Indonesian society after the country gained its independence from the Netherlands. Giving voice to the frustrated dreams of a nation, After the Curfew follows the descent into disillusionment of Iskandar (A. N. Alcaff), a former freedom fighter who is unable to readjust to civilian life following the revolution that ended centuries of colonial rule. When he discovers that the ideals he fought for have been betrayed by a corrupt former commander, Iskandar is pushed to the breaking point. Steeped in the moody atmospherics and simmering psychological tension of film noir, this clear-eyed postcolonial tragedy paints a dark-edged portrait of a country no longer at war but still fighting for its soul.

 

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Distribution Criterion Spine #1046 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
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LPCM Audio Indonesian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,610,583,076 bytes

Feature: 17,055,830,016 bytes

Video Bitrate: 18.65 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (3:19)
• J. B. Kristanto (19:16)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 29th, 2020
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Chapters 17

 

 

Menus / Extras

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (August 2020): Part of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 is the Indonesian film After the Curfew directed by Usmar Ismail in 1954. "The World Cinema Project was established by Martin Scorsese in 2007 to help foster cooperation among filmmakers worldwide and to identify, preserve, and restore endangered films representing diverse cultural heritage."

"After the Curfew (Lewat Djam Ma/am) was restored by the National Museum of Singapore and the World Cinema Project, in association with Konfiden Foundation and Kineforum of the Jakarta Arts Council. The film was restored at L'Immagine Ritrovata from the original film elements preserved and collected at Sinematek Indonesia. Special thanks to the family of Usmar Ismail."

After the Curfew shares a dual-layered disc with Lucia. There are a few instances of heavy damage (see two samples below). However, the majority of the film is pleasing, if inconsistent, with some minor marks or speckles. Correspondingly, there are sequences that are very sharp with depth. Like a couple of the others, it is at the mercy of the source and I believe the restoration has done the best that it could with the resources available.   

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Indonesian language. There is some music and dancing but the audio is flat and unremarkable. There are some anomalies. There is no credited score. Criterion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The supplements for this film include another introduction by Martin Scorsese - founder of the World Cinema Project. It was produced by the Criterion Collection in 2020 - running 3 minutes. Plus there is a 20-minute interview with journalist J. B. Kristanto (author of Katalog film Indonesia, 1926-1995) recorded remotely from Jakarta, Indonesia by the Criterion Collection in April 2020.

After the Curfew is yet another exceptional film in the Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 set. Themes of rejection, disappointment, unrequited expectations and desirability are subtly imbedded in, maybe, the only Indonesian film I recall seeing. It's another film in this package that I just adored. This is an excellent addition to Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3

Gary Tooze

 

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(aka "Pixote")

Directed by Héctor Babenco

Brazil 1981

With its bracing blend of harsh realism and aching humanity, Héctor Babenco offers an electrifying look at lost youth fighting to survive on the bottom rung of Brazilian society that helped put the country’s cinema on the international map. Shot with documentary-like immediacy on the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Pixote follows the eponymous preteen runaway (the heartbreaking Fernando Ramos da Silva) as he escapes a nightmarish juvenile detention center, only to descend into a life of increasingly violent crime even as he finds himself part of a makeshift family of fellow outcasts. Balancing its shocking brutality with moments of disarming tenderness, this stunning journey through Brazil’s underworld is an unforgettable cry from the lower depths that has influenced multiple generations of American filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Harmony Korine, and the Safdie brothers.

 

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Distribution Criterion Spine #1047 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
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LPCM Audio Portuguese 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

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Disc Size: 48,707,253,798 bytes

Feature: 27,393,613,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.03 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (3:32)
• Héctor Babenco (21:47)
• U.S. Prologue (1:52)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 29th, 2020
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Chapters 21

 

 

Menus / Extras

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (August 2020): Part of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 is the Brazilian film Pixote directed by Héctor Babenco in 1981. It was "Restored by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna at 12Immagine Ritrovata in association with HB Filmes, Cinemateca Brasileira and JLS FacilitacOes Sonoras. Restoration funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation."

"Pixote was restored using the original camera negative and a first generation internegative preserved at the Cinemateca Brasileira. In order to minimize the overall presence of mold, particularly invasive in reels 3, 5 and 6, the camera negative was wet-gate scanned at 4K resolution. Missing frames in three different shots of reel 3 were replaced using the internegative.
The recently rediscovered original magnetic soundtrack, also affected by mold, with the oxide peeling off the base, was carefully repaired by Beto Ferraz, then digitised and restored by Jose Luiz Sasso (ABC), re-recording mixer for Hector Babenco in 1981. Final color grading was supervised by cinematographer Rodolfo Sanchez (ABC) using a first generation vintage 35mm print as reference.
"

Pixote shares a dual-layered disc with Dos monjes. The image is grainy and rough but holds a strong vérité quality. There is depth and a few rich colors (the only color film in the Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 set.) 

NOTE: All UK versions were cut by 27 seconds under the 1978 Protection of Children Act. The scene removed was a panning shot showing the character Pixote on a bed alongside a couple having intercourse. That scene appears to be intact here.

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Portuguese language. It is predictably flat but has plenty of crowd and background noise evoking and overcrowded atmosphere. There is a score by John Neschling (Babenco's 1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman.) Criterion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The supplements for this film include another introduction by Martin Scorsese - founder of the World Cinema Project. It was produced by the Criterion Collection in 2020 - running 3.5 minutes. Plus there is a 22-minute interview with director Hector Babenco excerpted from a recorded piece in 2016 for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Visual History Program Collection, administered by the Academy's Oral History Projects department. Hector Babenco made a 2-minute prologue for Pixote, featuring the director himself as well as actor Fernando Ramos da Silva, in order to better frame the film's plot for American audiences and secure distribution. It is included here as an extra.

Pixote is an incredibly touching film. The reformatory sequences are shocking and heartbreaking. Childhood innocence is juxtaposed with brutal and realistic violence fused with helpless poverty. Wow - I was blown away. This is a vital part of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3. A hopeless lifestyle is realistically explored in an, often, difficult film experience. A very touching film.

Gary Tooze

 

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(aka "Two Monks")

Directed by Juan Bustillo Oro

Mexico 1934

Made in the early days of Mexican sound cinema, this vividly stylized melodrama hinges on an audacious, ahead-of-its-time flashback structure. When the ailing monk Javier recognizes a brother newly arrived at his cloister, he inexplicably becomes deranged and attacks him. What causes his madness? Director Juan Bustillo Oro recounts the two men’s shared past—a tragic rivalry over the love of a woman—twice, once from the point of view of each, heightening the contrasts between their accounts with visual flourishes drawn from the language of German expressionism. With its gothic sets, elaborate lighting, and daring camera work by avant-garde photographer Agustín Jiménez, Dos monjes is a broodingly intense outlier in Mexican cinema, plumbing the depths of psychological torment and existential mystery with experimental verve.

 

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Distribution Criterion Spine #1048 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:20:29.658         
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 17,167,441,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.80 Mbps

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LPCM Audio Spanish 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,707,253,798 bytes

Feature: 17,167,441,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.80 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (2:40)
• Charles Ramirez Berg (19:10)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 29th, 2020
Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters 17

 

 

Menus / Extras

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (August 2020): Part of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 is Juan Bustillo Oro's 1934 Mexican film Dos monjes. It was "Restored by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project at Elmmagine Ritrovata laboratory in collaboration with Filmoteca de la UNAM and the Cinematheque francaise."

"This restoration utilized a dupe negative preserved at the Filmoteca de la UNAM and a 35mm positive print provided by the Cinematheque francaise. A careful study of the available elements showed that the positive print was more complete and presented a higher photographic quality than the dupe negative, and was therefore used as much as possible. Elements were scanned and restored at a 4K resolution. While dialogue in the two elements matched, the sound mix presented several inconsistencies, namely in reels 3, 5, 6 and 8, where the UNAM dupe negative was used to integrate music missing in the CinemathOque francaise print. The goal of the audio reconstruction and restoration was to equalize any differences. Because the audio is missing in both elements, some portions of reel 3 are presented without sound."

Dos monjes shares a dual-layered disc with Pixote. The image is a product of the age and condition of the sources utilized. There are plenty of weak moments but none that I would cite as being detrimental to my viewing. Prepare yourself for an imperfect 1080P viewing but the story is fully embraceable and fascinating even in this lesser quality. 

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Spanish language. It is predictably flat with similar weaknesses to the video. There is a score by Max Urban - who worked mostly in Mexican cinema for another 20-years after Dos monjes. Criterion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The supplements for this film include another introduction by Martin Scorsese - founder of the World Cinema Project. It was produced by the Criterion Collection in 2020 - running under 3-minutes. Plus there is a 20-minute interview with film scholar Charles Ramirez Berg (author of The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films). It was recorded remotely in Austin, Texas, by the Criterion Collection in May 2020.

I thoroughly enjoyed Dos monjes (Two Monks.) Themes of revenge, unrequited love based in a Gothic-styled monastery in 30's Mexico make for an exquisite film experience. This melodramatic example of early Mexican cinema is another strong reason that we encourage ownership of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3. How else would I have seen this in the improved quality if not for the restoration and I got a lot out of the Charles Ramirez Berg piece.

Gary Tooze

 

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(aka "Oh, Sun")

Directed by Med Hondo

France | Mauritania 1967

A furious cry of resistance against racist oppression, the debut from Mauritanian director Med Hondo is a bitterly funny, stylistically explosive attack on Western capitalism and the lingering legacy of colonialism. Laced with deadly irony and righteous anger, Soleil Ô follows a starry-eyed immigrant (Robert Liensol) as he leaves West Africa and journeys to Paris in search of a job, a community, and intellectual engagement—but soon discovers a hostile society where his very presence engenders fear and resentment. Drawing on the freewheeling experimentation of the French New Wave, Hondo deploys a dizzying array of narrative and stylistic techniques—animation, docudrama, dream sequences, musical numbers, folklore, slapstick comedy, agitprop—to create a revolutionary landmark of political cinema and a shattering vision of awakening black consciousness.

 

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Distribution Criterion Spine #1049 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,157,002,220 bytes

Feature: 19,118,936,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (3:08)
• Med Hondo (21:31)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 29th, 2020
Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters 20

 

 

Menus / Extras

 

 

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ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (August 2020): Part of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 is the Mauritanian film (out of France) Soleil Ô directed by Med Hondo. "This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, an initiative created by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO — in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna — to help locate, restore and disseminate 50 African films with historic, artistic and cultural significance. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at Limmagine Ritrovata laboratory in collaboration with Med Hondo.
Restoration funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project."

"The 4K restoration of Soleil O was made possible through the use of a 16mm reversal print, and 16mm and 35mm dupe negatives deposited by Med Hondo at Cine-Archives, the audiovisual archive of the French Communist Party, in Paris. A vintage 35mm print preserved at the Harvard Film Archive was used as a reference. Color grading was supervised by cinematographer Francois Catonne. The original 16mm magnetic tracks were used for the audio restoration. Reel 4 as well as the main and end titles were missing, so these were restored using the original 35mm soundtrack. The latter was also used to replace the 16mm mag tracks where the mix differed slightly from the vintage 35mm print."

We have already reviewed Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project Volume One Blu-ray and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project Volume Two Blu-ray.

Soleil Ô shares a dual-layered disc with Downpour. The 4K-restored 1080P, black and white, presentation is quite strong with heavy grain (often from 16mm - see above.) Despite , it is consistent in-motion and looks very film-like. I thought it was a solid representation.

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original French language. It is predictably flat with a less-remarkable score by George Anderson (his only film credit). But it sounds supportive of the film via the uncompressed. Criterion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The supplements for this film include another introduction by Martin Scorsese - founder of the World Cinema Project. It was produced by the Criterion Collection in 2020 - running just over 3-minutes. There is a 21-minute interview with director Med Hondo excerpted from a 2018 recorded piece by the director's friend and frequent collaborator cinematographer Francois Catonne. It is presented here courtesy of the Hondo family and Cine-Archives.

I really liked Soleil Ô. The racial inequity focus is well-realized, fairly subtly at times and ends up being fiercely impacting. I recognized Bernard Fresson (also in Polankski's The Tenant) and I thought Robert Liensol was excellent. This strong piece of world cinema is another bone-fide reason that we recommend Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3. It's a film I doubt I would ever have been exposed to without this stellar package.

Gary Tooze

 

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(aka "Ragbar")

Directed by Bahram Beyzaie

Iran 1972

Defined by a brash stylistic exuberance and a vivid way of looking at everyday life in prerevolution Iran, this first feature from the renowned Bahram Beyzaie helped usher in the Iranian New Wave. When he takes a job as a schoolteacher in a new neighborhood, the hapless intellectual Hekmati (Parviz Fannizadeh) finds that he is a fish out of water in a place where everybody’s business—including his tentative flirtation with an engaged seamstress (Parvaneh Massoumi)—is subject to the prying eyes of adults and children alike. Shot in luminous monochrome and edited with quicksilver invention, this touchstone work, which has been painstakingly restored from the only known surviving print, captures with puckish humor and great human tenderness the societal and intellectual conflicts coursing through Iran at a pivotal historical moment.

 

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Distribution Criterion Spine #1050 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:10:05.422        
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 24,223,610,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.36 Mbps

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LPCM Audio Persian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (burned-in)
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Criterion

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,157,002,220 bytes

Feature: 24,223,610,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.36 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (2:42)
• Bahram Beyzaie (29:48)


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 29th, 2020
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Chapters 25

 

 

Menus / Extras

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (August 2020): Part of Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 is the Iranian film Downpour directed by Bahram Beyzaie. "This restoration has been made possible with the support of the World Cinema Project. Established in 2007 by Martin Scorsese, the World Cinema Project is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of endangered films representing diverse cultural heritage."

We have already reviewed Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project Volume One Blu-ray and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project Volume Two Blu-ray.

"The source element for this restoration was a positive print with English subtitles provided by director Bahram Beyzaie. Since this is the only known surviving copy of the film - all other film sources were seized and presumed destroyed - the restoration required a considerable amount of both physical and digital repair. The surviving print was badly damaged with scratches, perforation tears and mid-frame splices. Over 1500 hours of work were necessary to complete the restoration."

Downpour shares a dual-layered disc with Soleil Ô. The image suffers from some inconsistency and light damage but generally looks pleasing with excellent contrast. I enjoyed the 1080P presentation.

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Persian language. Aside from some rain that isn't much beyond dialogue and a score by Sheyda Gharachedaghi, sounding a bit rough at times but generally supportive of the film. Criterion offer burned-in English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The supplements for this film include another introduction by Martin Scorsese - founder of the World Cinema Project, was produced by the Criterion Collection in 2020 - running under 3-minutes. There is also a 1/2 hour interview with 81-year old director Bahram Beyzaie in Palo Alto, California. he has strong political views about his birth country. 

I loved Downpour. The themes include arranged marriage, innocent romance and standing up for your heart in an oppressive system. It is touching with some humor. Really, a masterpiece. Another strong reason that we endorse Criterion's 9-disc (3 Blu-ray / 6 DVDs) Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3. I doubt I would ever have seen this wonderful film otherwise.

Gary Tooze

 

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